Garden Compound

A private enclave for a multigenerational family was the overarching vision for this landscape project. The owners wished to build a new house adjacent to their own for their parents’ retirement. Landscape priorities included privacy within the context of the village neighborhood, space for family and friends to gather, a year-round outdoor kitchen, vegetable gardens, and connections between the two houses. In close collaboration with Grade New York, who handled both the architecture and interiors, every exterior detail is executed with precision and style.

The outcome for this family of gardeners and cooks is a terraced hillside garden with a variety of seating areas, a fire pit, swimming pool, and the outdoor kitchen all linked with heated stone paving. Evergreens planted along the property’s perimeter create a private world. Incredible color, edibles, and native plantings proliferate all summer, both in the ground and in pots, against the unified backdrop of landscape and architecture. Every element—from the stonework to the lighting, the furniture, the pool, and clear pathways between the houses—completes the integrated composition. The pergola with a special teak swing designed for the grandparents is yet another moment that symbolizes love of home and family.